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UK Government Launches Teen Health Web Site

In the second phase of its Wired for Health programme, the UK Government has launched Mind, Body & Soul, a health information web site for teenagers.

Developed specifically for pupils aged 14 to 16 years, the new site addresses a wide range of health topics, including drugs, alcohol and mental health. It carries details about medical conditions that may be particularly troubling to adolescents, including acne, diabetes, asthma and anaphylaxis.

"Young people need easily accessible, up-to-date and accurate health information to help both with school work and to increase their knowledge of health issues," said Public Health Minister Yvette Cooper, speaking at Wednesday's site launch at the Schools Resources Exhibition, in London.

"Mind, Body & Soul is a major part of the Government's drive to make all schools a healthy school. A healthy school not only improves the health of its pupils, and the community, but it can also ensure that young people learn about the key factors which affect their own health."

As part of the launch, the site is running a competition inviting pupils 14-16 to send in their own ideas about healthy schools activities. Selected entries will be posted on the site.

In March this year, the Government launched the Wired for Health web site which gives up to date health information and full details of the Healthy Schools Programme.